Waiting for Dawn in the Arms of a Beast

Alt title: Ibitsu na Ai no Yoake wo Matsu

Vol: 1; Ch: 5
2019 - 2020
3.405 out of 5 from 135 votes
Rank #32,929
Waiting for Dawn in the Arms of a Beast

There are all kinds of humans and beasts in the world, and that world is your oyster if you're hotshot explorer Asuka (a human) and his expedition partner, Krieg (a black panther man)! Kyo, on the other hand, is stuck in Japan working as a doctor. He's always admired his older brother Asuka. But, one day, Asuka sends an injured Krieg to the hospital where Kyo works.Stubborn and in denial, Krieg refuses treatment, so Kyo has to tend to him against his will... only to find his own consent violated in the process! All Kyo wants is for Krieg to be that beautiful beast he was before... This is a tale of awkward love between a misanthropic black panther and his physically frail human doctor.

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I'm a little disappointed, because I really wanted to love this story. And while it isn't terrible...it really didn't capture my full attention. The best part of the story was the art style - I mean, it is just beautiful. And the characters...were just okay. The story while not terrible, could have been a bit better and could have been a bit longer to give it more diversity; as well as give the character more time for better development. I really wanted to see the romance between Krieg and Kyo bloom over the course of the story - and yes, while that is what was happening, it just wasn't really done too well.To me, what would have made the story better was Kyo always working hard and trying his best to help/save as many patience as possible, as he wanted to focus on his strengths; because he always felt inferior to his older brother Asuka (although it was his brother that would always encourage and support Kyo to follow his own path, and focus on his strengths). Krieg, his hatred for humans could have been a bit more expanded on - while his past was traumatic, we could have seen a bit more of it. Like, keep his distrust for most humans, but also was willing to tolerate them, since there were plenty of humans who got along with beasts.Also, the whole "rape" tolerance thing...was just not cool. Even if the rapist is greatly suffering, it is never okay to violently take control of someone. Kyo should have kept his distance from Krieg until he redeemed himself for that terrible act. Better yet, let's just completely get rid of that scene all together and replace it with Kyo convincing Krieg to have a drink with him - after an opening talk, one thing leads to another, and their complicated relationship starts off. As time went on they began learning more and more about each other, and as they began to open up, the more their feelings for each other grew.Another thing that could have worked (besides making the story a bit longer) was keeping it uncensored; when things are censored, it's never fun to see. It may basically be "beastiality", but it was greenlighted and created for a reason. So keep it uncensored, if you please. I don't know if other people will like it, but I suppose they should at least give it a chance.

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